BufferedReader Class in Java

Reads text from a character-input stream, buffering characters so as to provide for the efficient reading of characters, arrays, and lines.
BufferedInputStream class is used to read buffered byte stream that is a raw byte. BufferedReader class is used to read character stream.
In general, each read request made of a Reader causes a corresponding read request to be made of the underlying character or byte stream. It is therefore advisable to wrap a BufferedReader around any Reader whose read() operations may be costly, such as FileReaders and InputStreamReaders. For example,
 BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new FileReader("foo.in"));

BufferedReader class Constructors

  • BufferedReader(Reader in) - Creates a buffering character-input stream that uses a default-sized input buffer.
  • BufferedReader(Reader in, int sz) - Creates a buffering character-input stream that uses an input buffer of the specified size.

BufferedReader class Methods

  • void close() - Closes the stream and releases any system resources associated with it.
  • Stream lines() - Returns a Stream, the elements of which are lines read from this BufferedReader.
  • void mark(int readAheadLimit) - Marks the present position in the stream.
  • boolean markSupported() - Tells whether this stream supports the mark() operation, which it does.
  • int read() - Reads a single character.
  • int read(char[] cbuf, int off, int len) - Reads characters into a portion of an array.
  • String readLine() - Reads a line of text.
  • boolean ready() - Tells whether this stream is ready to be read.
  • void reset() - Resets the stream to the most recent mark.
  • long skip(long n) - Skips characters.

BufferedReader class Example

This program reads a text file named "sample.txt" and print output to console. The "sample.txt" contains below text in it.
This example uses the try-with-resources statement to close the resources automatically.
This is the text content
import java.io.BufferedReader;

import java.io.FileReader;
import java.io.IOException;

 * The class demonstrate the usage of BufferedReader class methods.
 * @author javaguides.net
public class BufferedReaderExample {
 public static void main(String[] args) {
  try (FileReader fr = new FileReader("sample.txt");
    BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(fr);) {
   String sCurrentLine;

   while ((sCurrentLine = br.readLine()) != null) {
  } catch (IOException e) {
This is the text content


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